The Headline – Both Rutgers and Indiana pushed top-five teams to the limit during the last month of football but neither came through with a victory.
In what could be a battle for the bowl conversation – both need the win in a fight for eligibility – Rutgers is happy to have the focus back on meaningful football.
“This is another Big Ten game,” said right guard Chris Muller. “It’s another time to hopefully make a statement in the Big Ten. College football games are extremely hard to win no matter what. Just being able to go out to Indiana and play another great Big Ten team is going to be another challenge for us. I know everyone on the team is excited. There was a lot of confidence built against Michigan state that we’re a good team. We can do this.”
Head coach Kyle Flood will be back on the sidelines for the first time since the Washington State loss. His return gives Rutgers an edge in the eyes of the players.
“He’s our leader,” said quarterback Chris Laviano. “He’s been around throughout these last three games, just not during the games. He’s a great manager of the game and he’s a great coach and we’re lucky to have him back.”
Worth Noting – Junior receiver Carlton Agudosi continues to receive praise for his selfless attitude. After a breakout stretch in Leonte Carroo’s absence, he did not see the field against Michigan State.
“It was a great effort by my teammates,” Agudosi said. “I was proud of how they field but it hurt. I wish I could have been out there with them.”
Quote of the Day – “Our leader’s back. Everyone on the team loves coach Flood. He’s a great football coach, but he’s also a great mentor in all aspects of life. Just being able to have him out there and get his opinion on things on game day and him helping with offense and defense will be a great addition.”
Around the Big Ten – Like Rutgers in late September, Indiana is back in action Saturday after a blowout loss to Penn State. For more on the story, click here.